It never really feels like summer until the Northside Festival rolls around, now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the music portion runs from the 7th of June until the 10th and you can still pick up a badge, or pick up single-show tickets. We’re here, as usual, to try to sift through the 70+ shows available to you.
Thursday: This seems the most stacked day of the entire festival. Liz Phair is playing a sold out show at National Sawdust with Soccer Mom. It’s a very small space for the 90s icon, so getting in with a badge is very unlikely. Speaking of intimate spaces, Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion) is playing the Knitting Factory, but could be tough to get into as well, though tickets are still available.
The one act I’m looking forward to seeing the most this year is Ought, who play an Ad Hoc x Elan presented show at Market Hotel alongside Men I Trust, Common Holly and Elle Barbara’s Black Space. If you have a music badge, you could try to get into the sold out Snail Mail show at Music Hall Williamsburg; having signed to Matador, Lindsey Jordan’s first full-length record, Lush, will be released on the 8th of June. Brooklyn Bowl has the best rap show at this year’s festival as they host milo & Nnamdi Ogbonnaya with excellent support from the Don Giovanni-signed Sammus, tickets for that show are available here. If you need something a little noisier then look no further than Pissed Jeans and Yvette at Rough Trade, but if you need to bend your mind with a little psychedelic rock then head over to Alphaville for a Beyond Beyond is Beyond presented show with Holy Wave, Heaters and Garcia Peoples.
Friday: Last year’s big headliners were Thursday, and if you were looking for an emo show this year then you could do worse than Brooklyn Bazaar for Have Mercy, who will be performing their debut album The Earth Pushed Back. Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams is playing a record release show at Brooklyn Bowl, RIPS headline a solid WildWild.Life showcase alongside Michael Beach, Pale Joyride and David West at Alphaville. Knitting Factory hosts Toronto’s Weaves alongside local acts Active Bird Community and Peaer in another highlight (tickets).
Saturday: Music Hall Williamsburg hosts a Pitchfork-presents show headlined by Standing on the Corner, perhaps the hardest-to-define act playing this year, Red Burns was released last September and is essentially an hour-long, free-flowing experimental extravaganza. The rest of the show is made up by Chynna, Madison McFerrin, Empath and Half Waif.
Another stand out show is the Brooklyn Vegan-presented double-header of Protomartyr and Deerhoof at Elsewhere. For an excellent show earlier in the day, head over to Alphaville to see a Sweet Static X Northside Showcase with Big Bliss, Monograms, Vamanos and Thick. Want a late show to hit up? Shamir headlines a show at Baby’s All Right which starts at midnight.
Sunday: At the time of writing there is only one Northside show on Sunday, Parquet Courts and Ethiopian jazz icon Hailu Mergia play a Rocks Off cruise that loads up at 6pm from Pier 36. Given that the band only just released a new record, Wide Awake, it’s no great surprise that the show sold out. Space for badge holders is limited to 100 so make sure you get there at a decent time if you are planning on attending.
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